Time Magazine’s First Doom-and-Gloom Story on the Inevitable Onset of Global Cooling

Although Richard Nixon was featured on the cover of the June 24, 1974 issue of Time magazine, from a historian’s point of view the most interesting article within that edition was a doom-and-gloom story about the inevitable onset of global cooling. Yep, global cooling–not global warming. The article said,

‘Telltale signs are everywhere — from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest. Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.’ Hmm.

If you’ve been suckered into believing the false narrative of man-made “global warming” or “climate change,” you’re probably not old enough to remember the global cooling propaganda fear campaign of the 1970s. (Al Gore is counting on the public having a really short memory, by the way, and he hasn’t been disappointed.)

Throughout the 1970s, every university scientist was taught that the Earth would soon be covered in ice sheets, that crops would fail, populations would collapse and human civilization would suffer mass starvation. What was the cause of all this? Human activity, of course, which caused “pollution” that made the world cooler, claimed the experts.

If you’re not old enough to have witnessed all this, you might think the whole “climate change” narrative is some big, new, scary emergency that has suddenly emerged and needs dire attention. But it turns out that the fake news mainstream media runs a climate scare every generation or so, sometimes claiming the Earth is “cooling” and other times insisting it’s “warming.” They can’t both be true, obviously, which is one important clue that tells you just how much they’re lying about so-called “climate science.” (It’s also why they have reverted to “climate change” instead of “global warming” so that they can insinuate every tornado, hurricane, rain storm or earthquake is ridiculously caused by carbon dioxide.)

Does the bullet point list for solutions to global cooling at right look familiar? It reads almost like some of the manifestos we get from warmists today, including the suspension of Democracy as the article in the Owosso Newspaper clearly demonstrates. Thanks to Poptech for the compilation.

During the 1970s the media promoted global cooling alarmism with dire threats of a new ice age. Extreme weather events were hyped as signs of the coming apocalypse and man-made pollution was blamed as the cause.

Environmental extremists called for everything from outlawing the internal combustion engine to communist style population controls. This media hype was found in newspapers, magazines, books and on television;

News articles*:

A couple of the news stories are duplicates in different papers with slightly different titles, this is intentional to show that these types of stories were not isolated to a certain regional paper.

And from the National Center for Atmospheric Research:

Source: http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull165/16505796265.pdf

While a silent majority of the scientific community may have been more skeptical, you ironically find one of the most outspoken supporters of modern day Al Gore style global warming alarmism was promoting global cooling in the 1970s, the late Dr. Steven Schneider;

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – Life of Reason, George Santayana


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